Date: 20th December 2012 at 5:56pm
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Over in Nyon, Switzerland, sometime shortly after lunch, the draw for the knockout stages of the Europa League was made.

Having been shuffled out of the Champions League and dumped in the Europa League, Chelsea were given a favourable draw against the Czech side Sparta Prague.

In a draw that also saw the ties for the last sixteen carried out, Chelsea know that if we can get past Sparta Prague, we will face the winners of the Ajax v Steau Bucharest tie.

More importantly and for those that doubt the competitions worth, as well as a possible final date in Amsterdam, May 15th, we could, if we win this damn thing, become only the fourth side to win all three major European trophies – The Champions League, The Cup Winners Cup (now defunct) and the Europa League, quite an incentive we think!